Rockwell International President Donald R. Beall was elected chairman and chief executive of the firm Wednesday, as expected, and quickly launched a spirited attack on a recent government criminal indictment against the aerospace firm for alleged improper charging on contracts.
Speaking at Rockwell's annual shareholders meeting, held in Los Angeles, Beall said the federal indictment "is based on information we voluntarily provided to the government nearly a year and a half ago after our own extensive internal investigation of events that took place in 1982 and 1983."
He added that the company had voluntarily offered to repay the government in full and to take "appropriate management actions."
Later, at a press conference, Beall, who succeeded the retired Robert Anderson as chairman and chief executive, said he does not expect Rockwell to be suspended from receiving new government awards, an action that the Pentagon has taken in some past indictments of defense contractors.
On other matters, Beall said Rockwell has not given up hope that the Pentagon will eventually order more B-1 bombers, even though Rockwell will deliver the last of the bombers to the Air Force this spring.